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What Really is the “Five Year Lookback” for Medicaid?

Mary was concerned that she would soon need nursing home care. She did not want her funds used up in long term care expenses so she gave her only son, Joe, her life savings of $100,000. One year after giving Joe the money Mary experienced a major health crisis and needed to move into a nursing home.

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Tom’s Story: The Power of Using an Elder Law Attorney

I’d like to tell you a story about Tom, an imaginary middle aged man. Tom passed away after a long illness. Anticipating his demise, Tom planned his estate by himself and made sure everything was “in order.” He prepared his own will from one he found online.

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Life (or Death) Without a Living Will

It seems everyone knows a story about someone without a living will, but does it spur you on to make one?  If not, please let me tell you mine.

Too many years ago at too young an age, my mother ended up on life support with no hope of recovery. 

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Helping Those Who Were Bad Parents

One of the misconceptions about the very frail and old is that they were all good, kind people.  Sadly that is not necessarily the case.  Mean people live long and get old every bit as much as nice people.  Some of those people were bad parents; very bad parents. 

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